Actually this headline from the Riverfront Times is a bit misleading. The best places to live aren't all in St. Louis, some are suburbs. However, number one on the list is the Hi-Pointe neighborhood and this area borders on the seminary so we know it well. Around here it is known as the Hi-Pointe/Demun neighborhood, but who's counting.
What makes this area unique is not just the bars and restaurants, hotel and theater, but the people. Most of the area consists of brick two or three level apartment buildings which are occupied by graduate students from Wash U or the medical school. Also professors and young, well educated adults just starting out in their careers. We get to know many of these people because so many have dogs and walk through our campus with them. Part of the area is in the city of Clayton and part in the city of St. Louis. Those who are within Clayton's boundaries often feel neglected by the city. Bill McClellan of the Post Dispatch is one of these and he jokingly calls his neighborhood, "Lower Clayton".
Be that as it may, it's an interesting place to live.